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Old 01-20-2016, 09:58 AM   #1
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Default Your take on this, please.

Hi everyone,

Some time last March, after two bad experiences with "under-the-radar" managers, I finally connected with a good one (albeit junior) at a great firm. Smart, reasonable and really seemed to believe in me and my work. (She does rep other writers, as well.)

She reviewed all my projects and we made a priorities list. My first task was to adapt two of my pilots to feature film status. After a ton of work and rounds, I got the first one in the can. I should say, she was quick to respond with notes, etc.

I'm still working on the second adaptation and, before the holidays, presented her with my latest draft. During this time, she became promoted to full-on manager. A good thing.

Yesterday, since I hadn't heard from her regarding this latest version, I emailed and her response was that it had been "crazy busy" at the office and, until she got her "ducks in a row," it might take a FEW WEEKS before she had a chance to review. She also told me to get to work on the next project on our list.

Now please don't jump down my throat and remind me how busy managers are. Or that I'm a clueless *******. I get it. Truly. But wait a few weeks? Is this a result of her promotion and something I can expect going forward? Am I just low on the totem pole or am I being a paranoid ass?

Or do I need to cast my damned net out. Again.

Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks for reading my ramblings.
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Old 01-20-2016, 10:59 AM   #2
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Default Re: Your take on this, please.

OK-- first question: have you sold anything yet?

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Old 01-20-2016, 11:36 AM   #3
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Wink Re: Your take on this, please.

I've had two shorts produced prior to connecting with my rep, but that's it.

So no. But I'm hopeful. As is she.

But I see where you may be heading.
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Old 01-20-2016, 11:43 AM   #4
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Default Re: Your take on this, please.

Trying to read the clues as to whether this is a hip-pocket arrangement or not. If so, a few weeks to get a read and thoughtful notes isn't unusual. How many clients is this manager juggling at the moment?
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:00 PM   #5
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Default Re: Your take on this, please.

We don't have a formal, written agreement as yet. Possibly because she just was promoted from junior status.

That said, she seems to want to develop several projects with me. Projects that I presented to her.

I believe she has about 11 writers, total.
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:27 PM   #6
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Default Re: Your take on this, please.

Perhaps I should try to be patient......
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:30 PM   #7
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Default Re: Your take on this, please.

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Hi everyone,

Some time last March, after two bad experiences with "under-the-radar" managers, I finally connected with a good one (albeit junior) at a great firm. Smart, reasonable and really seemed to believe in me and my work. (She does rep other writers, as well.)

She reviewed all my projects and we made a priorities list. My first task was to adapt two of my pilots to feature film status. After a ton of work and rounds, I got the first one in the can. I should say, she was quick to respond with notes, etc.

I'm still working on the second adaptation and, before the holidays, presented her with my latest draft. During this time, she became promoted to full-on manager. A good thing.

Yesterday, since I hadn't heard from her regarding this latest version, I emailed and her response was that it had been "crazy busy" at the office and, until she got her "ducks in a row," it might take a FEW WEEKS before she had a chance to review. She also told me to get to work on the next project on our list.

Now please don't jump down my throat and remind me how busy managers are. Or that I'm a clueless *******. I get it. Truly. But wait a few weeks? Is this a result of her promotion and something I can expect going forward? Am I just low on the totem pole or am I being a paranoid ass?

Or do I need to cast my damned net out. Again.

Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks for reading my ramblings.
A few weeks? She just got a promotion, we're in the middle of awards/festival season, and she can't get you comments back the next day. Time to move on. She obvious doesn't have her priorities straight.
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Old 01-20-2016, 12:58 PM   #8
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Default Re: Your take on this, please.

Not unusual, particularly for this time of year. Put your energy into your work. Wait a couple weeks after Sundance, then follow up.
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Old 01-20-2016, 01:13 PM   #9
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Bravo Unequal. I knew someone would go there and you didn't disappoint.

Madworld, thank you. That's just what I'll do.
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Old 01-20-2016, 01:19 PM   #10
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Default Re: Your take on this, please.

I don't see any red flags in this.

People in the business are busy whether you're a manager or an assistant. If she's just been promoted to manager she probably doesn't have an assistant which means she's scheduling all her own meetings and taking her own calls and all that stuff that seems small but eats up a lot of time.

Give it a couple weeks, work on your new stuff, then touch base with her and see where she is. If after that she is wishy washy, then maybe it's a red flag.

But otherwise, things take time in this business. As much as we want to speed things up, it just works at its own pace.
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